Adding Text Objects to a Menu

You can type text directly onto a menu’s background, creating a text object. When you build the project, this text object merges with the background—it cannot be selected by the viewer or have jump actions assigned to it.

A text object can contain characters with different colors, fonts, and sizes. The Text pane in DVD Studio Pro Preferences contains settings that define the text font and color used when you create new text objects. You can change the text font and color after you have typed it.

Text objects can also be rotated and have the menu’s drop shadow applied.

To add a text object to a menu
  1. Double-click the menu where you want to add a text object. You will be able to move the object later, so the actual position is not critical.

  2. Start typing the text. As you type, the text appears on the menu, with a handle on each end. To create a new line, press the Return key, or press Enter to exit the text entry mode. The Text Object Inspector appears.

    Note: You can also type the text in the Text entry area in the Text Object Inspector, and use either Return or Enter to create a new line.

    Figure. Text object in the Menu Editor.
  3. Click the Shadow checkbox to add the menu’s drop shadow to the text.

  4. To change the text’s justification, do one of the following:

    • Click the appropriate button in the Text Object Inspector.

    • Press Command–Shift–Left Bracket ([) to left align the text.

    • Press Command–Shift–Right Bracket (]) to right align the text.

    • Press Command-Shift-Backslash (\) to center the text.

  5. Rotate the Rotation knob or enter a value to rotate the text object.

You can reposition the text object by dragging the text to a new position. (If you are in the text edit mode with the blinking insertion point showing in the Menu Editor, you need to click an empty area of the Menu Editor to exit the text edit mode before you can drag the text object to a new position.)

To change the text object’s font and color
  1. Select the text you want to change.

  2. Do one of the following to open the Font panel:

    • Choose Format > Font > Show Fonts (or press Command-T).

    • Click Fonts in the toolbar.

  3. Choose the font and size to use.

    Note: If you open a DVD Studio Pro project that uses a font that is not on the computer you are opening it on (either because the font was deleted or the project was created on a different computer), any items using the missing font have a different font substituted with no warning.

  4. Do one of the following to open the Colors window:

    • Choose Format > Font > Show Colors (or press Command-Shift-C).

    • Click Colors in the toolbar.

  5. Choose the color to use.

You can also add bold, italic, and underline attributes to the text.

Note: The bold and italic attributes are available only if the current font supports them.

To apply bold, italic, and underline attributes
  1. Select the text you want to change.

  2. Choose Format > Font > Bold (or press Command-B) to add the bold attribute.

  3. Choose Format > Font > Italic (or press Command-I) to add the italic attribute.

  4. Choose Format > Font > Underline (or press Command-U) to add the underline attribute.

By selecting different parts of the text, you can mix different fonts, colors, and attributes in the same text object.

Setting Text Object Properties

The Text Object Inspector appears once you type text on a menu or select an existing text object. It contains basic settings for configuring the text.

Figure. Text Object Inspector.
  • Text: This area contains the text displayed in the text object. You can also enter or edit the text here. To add additional lines, press Return.
  • Shadow: Select this checkbox to apply the menu’s drop shadow setting to this text object.
  • Position: Select the justification to apply to the text object (left, center, or right).
  • Rotation: Rotate the knob or enter a value to rotate the text object. The values can go from 0.0 to 359.9, with a value of 0.0 as normal.

About Text Objects

Any text objects you add to your menu will become part of the menu’s background when the project is built.

While you should avoid overlapping buttons, you can feel free to overlap text objects because they are not involved in navigation. Because text objects can be overlapped, use care when adding them to the menu—those added later have a higher priority and will cover up those added earlier.

To change a text object’s priority
  • Control-click it, then choose an option from the shortcut menu. See About Button Numbers for more information.

Note: Text objects, drop zones, and buttons are included in the same priority list; a text object can have a higher priority, and thus cover up, a button or drop zone.